As nice as it is to get away for a long weekend, Labor Day weekend is actually a great time to stay in DC. Friday night was the last Jazz in the Garden for the season and another great weekly concert at YardsPark, just to name a few things. However, I ended up in Annapolis, checking out boats, eating seafood and enjoying the amazing weather.
On Saturday I ran from Georgetown to the Zoo and back with my DC Road Runners training group. It might not be how many of my friends want to spend a Saturday morning but, as my friend Katie said so well, it’s actually a great way to fall in love with the city all over again. I signed up for the Army 10 Miler, and with this group I have been getting to explore the awesome running trails this city has, including many I never stepped foot on in all my years growing up here. The route from Georgetown to Woodley Park is all uphill – and the Hill to get to Calvert Street is BRUTAL – but the zoo is amazingly quiet and beautiful first thing in the morning and Rock Creek Park is one of the prettiest places in DC to run. On the stretch behind the Zoo you can quickly forget you are even in a city.
After getting cleaned up, I got a bizarre second burst of energy and decided it would be a good idea to go stand up paddle boarding for the first time. Because that doesn’t use any muscle strength or anything… It was awesome. If you have never done it, it isn’t nearly as hard as you may think, and is a great way to enjoy a beautiful sunny day. And a relaxing lunch at the Georgetown Waterfront is a perfect cool down.
On Sunday we left the city at 4:30am (yes, AM!) to hike Old Rag Mountain in Virginia – the departure time was not my plan, but it ended up being 100% worth it. Why so early? That trail gets packed and seeing it at sunrise is so beautiful. We had the trail mostly to ourselves, which also allowed us to take our time getting over the rock scrambles toward the top.
The reward at the top, aside from the great views, was the bagel with cream cheese & lox breakfast.
The reward at the bottom was a mini wine tour on the way home. Sharp Rock, Rappahannock, and Grey Ghost wineries were all conveniently located right along our drive back. And anyone who knew my old dog, Mosby, would know why I insisted on stopping at the third one even though exhaustion from the long day was kicking in!
Monday was a much-deserved pool day. One recommendation if you live in DC: make friends with someone who has access to a rooftop pool. It completes a summer staycation like nothing else!